Children’s TV is irritating at best. Annoying songs that get in your head and put you in an embarrassing position when you find yourself singing “yacki yacki yogee, doo doo dee” in the presence of work colleagues. Presenters that you see so frequently that you have to remind yourself that you don’t actually know these people in real life.
But there is one children’s character that winds me up more than I thought would be humanly possible. Postman Pat.
The man is totally and utterly incompetent. His job is to deliver mail. He works in Greendale which still has a post office, despite The village only having about 20 residents. All he has to do is deliver a few letters/parcels to a handful of people. But can he do that? Of course he can’t. He loses mail. He delivers it to the wrong people. He allows bloody Ted Glenn to help him do his job with some crazy invention which just makes matters worse.
The man is absolutely crap at his job. I would be truly embarrassed if I did my job as badly as he does his. Yet the people of Greendale love him. The one episode that really pisses me off is when he is supposed to be delivering a piano to Lizzie for a recital. The girl is nervous and needs it in plenty of time in order to practise on it first. But not only does Pat get it there at the last minute, leaving the poor, worried little girl no time to try out this unfamiliar piano, he has the audacity to proclaim “Special Deliver Service – Mission Accomplished” like he has done a good job! No you haven’t Pat. The only thing you could have done to do a worse job Pat would be to have taken the piano back to the depot and shoved a “Sorry I missed you” card through the letterbox before Lizzie could wheel herself to the front door.
Somehow Pat has managed to get promoted to the Special Delivery Service and have a fleet of vehicles at his service. Can someone please explain to me how having a helicopter to deliver mail is cost effective?
I think the main problem is that the folk of Greendale are pretty much as useless as he is. Not only do they accept his incompetence, they treat him as some sort of hero. What message does this send to Lizzie, Julian and Charlie (by the way what has happened to his Dad – I assume he works at a different school but why do you NEVER see him in SDS?) about the importance of working hard and striving to do the best job possible.
If there should be a hero of Greendale it should be Jess. He seems to have more sense than the rest of the village put together.
I suppose it is nice that Pat loves his job so much that he wears his uniform ALL THE TIME – even on his day off. And that he is so absorbed in his work that he doesn’t have any hobbies. Sorry, did I say “nice”. I think I meant “sad”. For a man so obsessed with his work, he really is useless at it.